School Details

Desert Trails Elementary School

4315 East Cashman Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85050
(602) 449-4100
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 520 students 18 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

84%
77%
69%
92%
84%
78%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
68%
62%
95%
82%
75%
91%
71%
58%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
69%
63%
99%
84%
80%
88%
65%
52%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
71%
61%
95%
89%
80%
79%
71%
56%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Desert Trails Elementary School is a public elementary school in Phoenix. The principal of Desert Trails Elementary School is Sheri Duggan, whose e-mail is Sduggan@pvschools.net. 520 children attend Desert Trails Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 2% of the Desert Trails Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 10% of the 520 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Desert Trails Elementary School is 18:1. Wildfire Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 77% 62%
Asian 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 12% 27%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 33%
Limited English proficiency 2% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    We were a bit surprised by the poor review below. Our experiences with the 1/2 gifted class don t resemble that post. The class is great. The self-contained model is project-based learning and in this class there is not a lot of homework. But gifted kids learn better that way. The amount of homework doesn t mean we don t know what s happening. We can log into our kid s online programs to see progress. In-class work is available on request. And there are weekly newsletters and near daily photo uploads. Parents are welcome to come into the class and Mrs. Jones has been responsive and available to us outside of school. The principal usually responds within half an hour to email. Earlier in the year when a parent was concerned the principal called a parent meeting for the entire gifted program to address the issues. The earlier complaint with specials was that they are scheduled so that some of the special-needs kids were in the same class. After one family raised a concern about the specials we understand that the principal and someone from the gifted office observed the classes. If there was an actual problem with the mixed classroom we re sure it would have been addressed.

  • (5 months ago)

    My child attends Desert Trails in the first/second grade gifted classroom. I know gifted classrooms don't resemble a "traditional" classroom and for that I am thankful. The teacher facilitates opportunities for the students to learn and apply their knowledge through blogs open houses slideshows and problem based learning activities. My child comes home excited about learning and the connections that they're making. They adore their teacher and it's obvious that the teacher cares a lot about her students. The administration is wonderful as well. I feel confident in her ability to lead a strong school. I would definitely recommend Desert Trails to any family.

  • (5 months ago)

    My child attends the 1st/2nd grade gifted class at Desert Trails Elementary. This will be our third year within the PVUSD gifted education program. We have been so impressed with this school our child's teacher and the program itself. The principal has been completely helpful The principal is supportive of her teachers backing them completely with her care and concern. My child's teacher has exposed the children to various technology. I am impressed with how informed she keeps her parents posting weekly classroom pictures of the children working sends out weekly classroom letters and has the children complete their homework online so the parents can view their progress. This teacher encourages students to expand their creativity while challenging them to the next level. This teacher truly understands what it takes to teach a gifted child as she ventures away from the worksheet practice and instead opens the minds of the children through various hands on projects. I have been to gifted conferences and the experts have reiterated that worksheet homework does not work for gifted children and this is the first time I have actually seen it in action. A+ school.

  • (5 months ago)

    Our family made the choice to move schools in the fall of 2014 when our child was accepted into the self-contained gifted program 1st and 2nd grade combined classroom. It was the first year the program was offered at this school and the small class size appealed to us - only 12 kids. We soon learned that the lack of communication between the teacher and parents was of concern. Our child never came home with any school work or homework. There was no follow through and we were unable to gauge our child's success or struggles. Emails to the teacher would usually go unanswered. The principle is not supportive of families with concern especially if this is not your home school. We were told that we chose the school and if we do not like it we could leave. If you are considering this school for the self-contained gifted program please make sure that you ask which other class will your child be having specials with. The lack of communication the lack of follow through and the lack accountability was a serious concern with our family. If we couldn't be treated in a respectful manor as parents with concerns what was it like for our child?

  • (7 months ago)

    My family has been very impressed with Desert Trails. All Teachers & staff have been absolutely wonderful. Very family oriented atmosphere.

  • (7 months ago)

    Desert Trails is a great family school. The principal and the teachers are very accessible. I feel like my son is getting more one and one attention from his teachers as well as the special area teachers. We are glad we are there!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our children have had a wonderful experience at Desert Trails Elementary. They have enjoyed their teachers and the many firends they have made. We would highly reccommend this school to anyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    I find it amusing that the previous reviewer wants people to form their own opinion and not take into account the negative reviews at all. The new principal asked at a PTO meeting to have parents come out on this site and give good reviews to help boost the scores. She is completely enrollment driven and wants her numbers to look good. The bullying by children and her "chosen" parents is a real issue. They have driven the working parents out from being a part of anything and it is truly sad. If it weren't for the amazing teachers k-4 we would have left. When it is time for 5th grade if better teachers haven't been brought in it may be time to look elsewhere if you want your child to have a great education.

  • (1 year ago)

    Desert Trails Elementary is a school I am proud to have my children attend. The new principal Sheri Duggan is a person who knows how to get things done for the school & the students. The school is rated "A" & the test scores are very impressive 3rd & 4th grade scored highest in the District in 2013! The teachers are phenomenal they give it their all. There is a new vibe at the school- new principal several new teachers- it's an exciting place!

  • (2 years ago)

    The one problem at this school PARENTS. The talk in the neighborhood is filthy. These parents don't mind tearing down other parents teachers or the principal. Would not recommend this school only because the parents are horrible horrible horrible.

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with Feb 12 2013 post. School is not crowded and any bullying is taken very seriously. Principal is a caring kind person as are the teachers. This school is not in Surprise or Scottsdale. The post on Feb. 11 2013 must be referring to a different school.

  • (2 years ago)

    HORRIBLE HORRIBLE School.... Teachers & Principal lack in proper education and GOOD discipline. Expect allot of bullies crowding and poor leadership.. The only plus to this school is Kinder and 1st grade. I live in Surprise and drive my kids to Scottsdale everyday just for high quality teachers and good schools..

  • (2 years ago)

    New to this school as our district has taken full kindergarten away. My child has a good teacher school is friendly principal involved. We will stay.

  • (3 years ago)

    Congratulations to the principal and teachers for receiving the new mark- A and keeping the Excelling label. The parents thank and appreciate you all.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am surprised that the School Board has allowed this administration to stay. Many families are using school choice to leave this school. The teachers are very good especially in lower grades.

  • (3 years ago)

    Lower grade teachers are great higher grades leave a bit to be desired. Definitely not preparing the kids for middle school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child has attended Desert Trails for the past five years. For the most part we have been very pleased with the teachers and with our experience at Desert Trails. However the principal is the biggest problem at the school. She is not a leader and has a difficult time addressing any problems or concerns. I have seen the school gradually deteriorate under her leadership.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school wonderful teacher and staffs. I wish we could duplicate a teacher like mrs Maule she's the best.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children enrolled at DTES. The teachers as a whole are phenominal. Unfortunately the principal leaves much to be desired for and the school is beginning to show signs of deterioration due to this. She has poor communication and is slow to implement things which should be occurring. The school class sizes are growing due to budget cuts. I am looking for other schools to place my children in.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have sent both children to Desert Trails and find everything just wonderful. The teachers parents involved other children the school has just the right amount of space for all the children. We love the school and plan to stay here until the 6th grade year is over.

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